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updating values with getelementsbyid

P: 10
Hi everyone,

I am trying to update the value which is stored in a particular part of my page by using the getElementsById method, followed by calling a function to update the field. However, I donít know how to do this. The relevant parts of my code are as follows:

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  1. function text(t)
  2.     {
  3.       return document.createTextNode(t);
  4.     }
  5. function start(){
  7. var oHelloText = text(getQuestion()); //the getQuestion method returns a string from an array
  8. = "test";
  9. }
  11. function updateDetails()
  12.     {
  13.         document.getElementById('test') = text(getQuestion());           
  14.     }
//sometime later, call to updateDetails method.

Unsurprisingly, this doesnít work.

Any advice?
Nov 8 '07 #1
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Expert Mod 5K+
P: 5,390
hi ...

as far as i can see you create a textnode from a string. but with that you cannot do:

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  1. document.getElementById('test') = text(getQuestion());
you cannot work with dom-nodes that way i think. you simply could do:

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  1. document.getElementById('test').value = 'your_text';
or you should have a look at the replaceChild() method ... the text of your element to replace is a textnode with a textvalue itself ... so you have to replace it accordingly ...

kind regards
Nov 8 '07 #2

P: 10
I see.

I went a layer up and gave the id to my P, which contains the text node.

I then wrote this (where 'test' now refers to the holder of the text node).

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  1. function updateDetails()
  2.     {
  3.         var zzz = (document.getElementById('test'));
  4.         zzz.removeChild(zzz.firstChild);
  5.         zzz.appendChild(text(getQuestion()));
  7.     }
This works, but doesn't seem very efficient. Is there a more suitable way?
Nov 8 '07 #3

Expert Mod 5K+
P: 5,390
hi ...

why do you use the complex textNode-way? you could set the value ... is there any reason that deserves the node-way for you?

btw: please use code-tags when posting source code ...

kind regards
Nov 8 '07 #4

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